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Writing Prompt: Literary Reflections

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For each issue of Literary Mama, Literary Reflections shares a writing prompt, inviting our readers to respond. Our editors provide feedback on the responses we receive and we post our favorites on the blog. This month’s writing prompt is inspired by Barbara Rockman’s essay, “Motherpoet: Boon of the Parallel Journey.”

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Photo by Amanda Morris

Photo by Amanda Morris

In her essay, Barbara Rockman talks about a circle of women who inspired her to write. She writes of rejecting the opinion of male publishers, instead looking for sisters past, present, and future. In her writing classes, she takes “time to introduce the women poets, those old friends who saved me, to new listeners.”

How has experiencing other writers’ work, either by yourself or with others, guided your writing? Which authors allowed you to “hit upon images that explode histories, to inspire new poems?”

 

 

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Read Rockman’s essay and submit a 500-word response to this writing prompt by May 31, 2016, for feedback from our editors. Email it to LMreflections (at) literarymama (dot) com and note “May Prompt” in your subject line. Please do not attach the essay, but paste the response in the body of the email.


Whitney Archer is a writer, librarian, and a mother living in northern Virginia. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, AOL, and Salvo Magazine.


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